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Canada’s biggest literary festival travels beyond the boundaries of the GTA

TORONTO, September 23, 2008 --- The 29th annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 22 – November 1) hits the road this fall, stopping in Burlington, Hamilton, and Parry Sound. Every year the IFOA looks to make its world-renowned events accessible to new audiences. In 2007, IFOA reached out to audiences outside of the GTA, hosting events in the cities of Hamilton and Burlington. This year, IFOA returns to Hamilton and Burlington and also travels to Parry Sound to bring the IFOA even closer to booklovers throughout Ontario.

Says Geoffrey Taylor, Director of IFOA: “IFOA is delighted to be able to expand the wealth of authors participating at the Festival to all parts of Ontario.”

IFOA partners with Burlington's Different Drummer Books, whose Book & Author Series can rightly claim to be the longest-running author event in Canada (established in 1970), Hamilton’s Bryan Prince, Bookseller, a frequent collaborator with Different Drummer, and Parry Sound Books, which has brought authors to Parry Sound to read from their work since 1988.

On Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm, see authors Damon Galgut, Austin Clarke, and Andrew Miller live in Burlington in a reading event hosted by Richard Bachmann, of Different Drummer Books, and Bryan Prince (St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 1382 Ontario Street).

In Hamilton, on Thursday, October 30 at 7pm, Donna Morrissey, Helen Humphreys, and Sue Sinclair read from their latest works at Gallery on the Bay (231 Bay Street North) (event also hosted by Richard Bachmann and Bryan Prince).

And on Sunday, November 2 at 4pm, IFOA introduces itself to Parry Sound with authors Karen Fastrup, Maggie Helwig, Andrew Pyper, and Paul Quarrington, at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts (Two Bay Street). Charlotte Stein of Parry Sound Books hosts.

All tickets, $10 each, can be purchased through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000; Burlington and Hamilton: Different Drummer Books (905-639-0925), Bryan Prince, Bookseller (905-528-4508); Parry Sound: Parry Sound Books (705-746-7625), Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts (705-746-4466).

For more information about IFOA the public may call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000, or visit


Becky Toyne; 416-973-5836
Lindsay Gulin; 416-973-4395

Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted more than 5,000 authors from 100 countries, including 15 Nobel Laureates. Our season includes a weekly reading series (September to June); the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 22–November 1, 2008), including YoungIFOA (October 28, 30, 31, 2008); the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (May 4–6, 2009); and Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 13–14, 2009).
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